Pictus 1.1.4

After almost one year, here comes another version. Main news are countless bug fixes, performance improvements, basic Windows 7 integration and thumbnails in Windows Explorer for Windows Vista and 7. GDI support is currently disabled, although this will probably not affect anyone.

Also, there’s a single installer for both 32-bit and 64-bit now. If you are currently using the 32-bit version on a 64-bit operating system, you might want to uninstall that one before upgrading.

15 responses to “Pictus 1.1.4”

  1. Tomas Cerny says:

    Many thanks!!! Best wishes to you in 2010. Tom

  2. veQue says:

    Hey love the app, DrPetter recommended it to me. only thing I wish is for a hotkey to flip horizontal and a setting to remove the status bar other than that nothing!

    This is the best picture viewer I’ve ever used. Thanks super simple to use.

  3. veQue says:

    I’ll just come out and say it. At the chance of sounding naggy, your app takes about a count of ten to open..
    Not that that is bad, but there’s another picture app that opens almost instantaneously on my system.

    Take it for what you will, or ignore it Just something to be aware of. =/

  4. poppeman says:

    Glad to hear you like it!
    There already is a setting to remove the status bar (Settings->Viewer->Interface if I’m not mistaken). The slow startup really puzzles me though, it’s supposed to be instantaneous. Is that consistent or does it improve if you start it directly after closing it, or by not opening an image at the same time?

    I can’t fix issues without knowing about them, so nagging is encouraged 😉

  5. veQue says:

    OH i must’ve overlooked that status bar check box about 4 times thanks.

    The slow startup is consistent.

    I admit I haven’t reboot the computer, and due to a multiuser scenario I can’t do it right now. But I will try rebooting either tomorrow or the day after to see if that changes anything.

    Great app still I’ll comment when I can =)

  6. veQue says:

    Hey, ok I just got a chance to reboot. didnt want to mess up the other users files etc so it took few days..

    Still it takes a count of 10 to open up the app everytime, but once it’s open it’s pretty swift.

    hmm, Like I said it’s not a big deal but when there is access to the developer, like yourself I like to let them know stuff.

    IrFan was the faster starting app but I prefer your cleaner RMB inside the box menu interface, so i’ll stick with yours for time being.


  7. poppeman says:

    I’ll do what I can to solve this, but without knowing the exact cause it can be difficult. One explanation I can currently think of is that there is some conflict with security software during startup when Pictus accesses the registry. The only other thing that is reasonable to take some time is initializing Direct3D, but that should make every D3D-app slow to start.

    If you want to give me your e-mail address, I can send you a test version with registry access disabled. Don’t post it in the message body though unless you like spambots.

  8. veQue says:

    sure send away

  9. veQue says:

    Hey You fixed it,

    Good job sir =)

  10. veQue says:

    New Issue. I cant seem to open image files (tested with PNG and JPEG) files when they are on the desktop.

    I tried both the actual desktop and going to file explorer’s desktop.

    Vista gives the following error message:
    “Pictus has stopped working
    A problem caused the program to stop working
    correctly. Please close the program.”

    Just for your information Poppeman.


  11. poppeman says:

    Try running chkdsk. Problems with the filesystem have caused crashes like this before (and unfortunately isn’t trivial to handle better).

    If that doesn’t help it’s likely that some image file on the desktop causes Pictus to die. It doesn’t need to be the one you’re actually trying to open, as Pictus is doing quite a bit of preloading in the background. If you manage to pinpoint a specific file, feel free to send it to me and I’ll check it out.

  12. veQue says:

    Hey I was just about to tell you it started working again..
    but with your explanation i now know why.

    Well I deleted a lot of files. So I wont be able to send you a file.

    If I come across this issue again I’ll send you the file that causes the problems.

  13. swag says:

    exr will be nice 🙂

  14. Stompen says:

    Hello, just wanted to kiss your ass and say that this is almost the best picture viewer I´ve ever used. If you could add a hide/toggle titlebar function like found in Zeed http://tt-deathscythe-666.deviantart.com/art/ZeeD-Translated-138251518 then Pictus would rule supreme. I really like a window with no buttons whatsoever, looks great with the borders on an aero interface..that´s why I am still struggling along with ZeeD =) And oh yes, the icons in your program are a bit ummm..1988. Something like these would rock http://jqubit.deviantart.com/art/q-u-a-r-k-images-28941754 So there you have it, two small changes and Pictus will kick so jättemassa röv it´s ricockolous. Make it happen and I will promote your great little viewer to everybody all the time =) Hell, I can even do a Finnish translation for it, that´s the language everyone will speak in a billion years or so, just wait and see…
    That´s all, bye.

  15. poppeman says:

    Hiya, thanks for the feedback! Unfortunately, two things are causing problems, licenses and energy. The former is making it hard for me to make the icons less horrible, the latter makes everything harder 🙂
    Removing as much of the non-image parts as possible would be sweet though. Have you tried out that special version of faststone viewer? Might be what you are looking for.
    Eii saa poppemania!